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Archosaurs were the ancestors of dinosaurs and crocodiles, but they were only distantly related to modern snakes, lizards, and turtles, groups that had split off at different times. Then, 65 million years ago there was a massive extinction event, and all dinosaurs were killed except for a single group of feathered dinosaurs. These evolved over the next 65 million years into modern birds. So birds aren't just closely related to dinosaurs, they really are dinosaurs! And they are most closely related to crocodiles, which also came from archosaurs. This is what most people mean when they say that birds are reptiles, although technically, according to the phylogenetic system, birds, reptiles, and mammals all share a reptile-like ancestor.



A new study that analyzed the chemistry of dinosaur eggshells suggests that dinosaurs were warm-blooded.


Reptiles have scales. Birds have feathers. Mammals have hair. How did we get them?

For a long time scientists thought the spikes, plumage and fur characteristic of these groups originated independently of each other. But a study published [in 2016] suggests that they all evolved from a common ancestor some 320 million years ago.
 
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  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Squash Seeds, Melon, and Pumpkin
  • Raisins
  • Bread and Cereals
  • Various Nuts
  • Cooked Pasta and Rice
  • Eggs and Eggshells
  • Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peas, Potatoes and Sweet Corn
  • Pet Food
  • Meat
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Many birds, including parrots and chickens, like watermelon:

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Parrots may pick up and copy some of the crowing of any roosters or cockerels!
 
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Pigeons could be trained to distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissues in X-rays. After around two weeks of training, the pigeons correctly identified signs of breast cancer 85 percent of the time, a level on par with that of human pathologists (PLOS ONE, 2015).
 

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by Peter Stangel

Too often we look for economy before quality when we are shopping, but when it comes to bird seed mixes, milo seeds are used as an inexpensive filler to help keep seed mix prices lower. The real problem though, is that the majority of birds just don’t eat milo.

Milo, also known as red milo or sorghum, is a row crop that resembles corn superficially and is commonly used to feed livestock and to produce ethanol. The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology explains that with the exception of a few birds such as Gambel’s Quail, Steller’s Jays and Curve-billed Thrashers, most birds avoid milo seeds.

Milo seeds may keep seed mix prices low, but in the long run these “inexpensive” bird seed mixes will cost you more because you are paying for something that most birds won’t eat. Because most birds don’t eat the small round milo seeds, the discarded seeds will accumulate in your feeder, and under it, and will probably get moldy, which is a potential health hazard for birds, and it may attract rodent pests.

Christopher Ingraham explored the issue of bird seed mix ingredients in a Washington Post article earlier this year. It’s an interesting and educational read that will help you improve your backyard feeding station.

You can read the story at https://www.washingtonpost.com/busi...-stuff-birds-wont-eat/?utm_term=.126050f31e68
 
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